Profile: Texan Trio of Titanic Doom – Ripis

Ripis
Ripis

Doom. The one genre where four letters can be as vast as all of the oceans on this planet and invoke emotions as varied as the colors around us. In the wrong hands it can fall rather flat but in the right hands — as is the case with Ripis — it can move mountains. Rolling sound waves, crushing riffs, tar thick atmosphere and lyrics that are the epitome of doom are just a few of the things you can expect on Shadow Dies In Morning Light, the band’s recently released second effort. Hues of Bell Witch color the pacing and shades of YOB highlight the songwriting but for over forty minutes Ripis OWNS this genre, period. This is doom metal in its purest form and it kicks all sorts of ass. After a chance email from the band and subsequent listen(s), we had to know more so we sat down with them armed with our set of Profile questions which you can find immediately below — and PANCHO. Be sure to click the links contained within and support this band in as many ways as you can afford! Continue reading

Profile: Old School Thrashers Degrave

Degrave
Degrave

Old school might be a tad misleading but it’s a term I’ll easily throw out for full effect when speaking of Missouri shredders Degrave and their fiery brand of thrash metal on the upcoming self-titled album Degrave. Remember the days of high top Reeboks and wickedly fast solos where it sounded like the two main concerns were how much speed one could muster and how efficient one could be while doing it? That’s the kind of old school I’m referring to. It’s a certain era of thrash that was glorious in its heyday and thanks to the current guard of bands reviving / refreshing this era and genre, it will live on indefinitely. Degrave offer up just enough nostalgia to turn many heads while being deadly serious about their craft and how it comes across to the listener — IDEAL thrash metal. Just ahead of Friday’s release date we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions to find out a little more about these speed demons and what makes them tick. Read on to see what they had to say and be sure to grab your copy later this week. Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 22 – 28, 2018

Inexorum
Inexorum

Last week, things happened. All over the place. AND we featured a lot of things – good things as a matter of fact, so when you get some free time head back and check it all out. Plus, we will feature more good things this week. Speaking of good things, there’s new metal and plenty of it. What you ask? Read on…

Leading the charge is a pair of stunning black metal releases; the first of which is Inexorum with their melodic black metal debut Lore of the Lakes. This thing has had me in a trance since it hit our inbox, it’s an extremely personal piece of music that is as huge in scope as the landscape and themes at its core. And the second of which is the atmospheric black metal of Twilight Fauna on Where Birds Sing My Name and if you’ve somehow missed any of the past praise we’ve heaped on Twilight Fauna just listen to this album and formulate your own opinions — original release date was this week but it dropped late last week, still including it here so you DON’T MISS IT and because I can. Missouri’s Degrave bring the old school of thrash metal roaring back to life on their debut Degrave and Bloodsoaked Necrovoid give new meaning to slowly raising the dead from old infected crypts on their death / doom four-track Demo.

There’s more to follow so hang around awhile. We’ll be seeing you here throughout the week, stay tuned. Continue reading

Profile Twofer: Nick LaRocca of Barren Heir and Jeff Wojtysiak of Cokegoat

Cokegoat / Barren Heir - Split

Steeping away from our standard Profile, today we are featuring a twofer or double or dos attack (however you want to look at it) of bands, Barren Heir and Cokegoat, who have just released their collaborative and independent split Sunshine / Tracing Light. It’s an extremely forward thinking sludge and doom affair that kicks like a mule one minute and plays with tension / release the next. Simply put, this is six tracks of music you need in your life. As luck may have it, Nine Circler Vincent just featured this split right here so be sure check that out in full. We recently had the chance to ask our set of questions to Barren Heir’s drummer Nick LaRocca and Cokegoat’s guitarist / vocalist Jeff Wojtysiak so head inside to get the scoop and hit the links to support the bands. Continue reading

Profile: X and Scotty McRib of Bay Area Experimental Metallers Gürschach

Gürschach
Gürschach

Experimental metal wears many faces and can mean wildly different things depending on each individual listener and their tastes. Bay Area band Gürschach has been around since 2011 and on their debut EP Beautiful Nightmares were considered a thrash band. Fast forward to now and their debut full length Dark Matter shows a band that has moved way beyond their origins and are mining the experimental, forward thinking arena but also have put together an album that takes full advantage of and is a spot-on look back into each members varied paths to metal and rock. More on that later as we recently had the chance to ask X (lead guitar, vocals) and Scotty McRib (bass, vocals) our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what they had to say and how their influences crept in and took over. Also, hang around for their, just released, video for “The Night the Sky Rained Nukes.” Continue reading